Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story,
Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.
Hugo describes early 19th-century France with a sweeping power that gives his novel epic stature. Among the most famous chapters are the account of the battle of Waterloo and Valjean's flight through the Paris sewers.
"When I was 15, I was completely bowled over by
Les Miserables. All my life long I have continually been discovering fresh aspects of Hugo's genius." (Andre Maurois)
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Epic journey through life.
A slog but well worth it.